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Police: Thief rented $900 computer, sold it for $100

A Medford methamphetamine user with a history of stealing and selling property tried but failed with a new approach — renting equipment and selling it, according to police.

Scott Anthony Schutt, 51, of the 1800 block of Poplar Drive, allegedly rented a computer worth $900 in November 2016 from All In One Rental, a business that rents everything from disco balls to backhoes.

After Schutt failed to return the computer, All In One Rental reported the missing equipment, according to a probable cause affidavit by Medford police.

In April, police contacted Schutt during a traffic stop and arrested him for the alleged theft of the rental computer, the affidavit said.

"Schutt admitted to selling the equipment for $100 approximately two days after renting it," the affidavit said. "Schutt was also found to be in possession of a glass pipe with white residue. The residue tested positive for methamphetamine with a drug identification kit."

Schutt was taken to the Jackson County Jail but released on his own recognizance, court records show.

He was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Jackson County Circuit Court on charges of first-degree theft, second-degree theft and methamphetamine possession but failed to appear. A warrant was issued for his arrest.

In 2013, Schutt stole a utility trailer valued at $7,000. The theft was captured on video surveillance. After police contacted him in Gold Hill, he confessed he stole the trailer with an accomplice and sold it for $275, according to an affidavit.

Police contacted the person who bought the trailer from Schutt and recovered it, the affidavit said.

Schutt pleaded guilty to first-degree theft in the case. He was sentenced to two years' probation and completed Jackson County Recovery Opportunity Court, which aims to help drug addicted offenders overcome addiction and become responsible citizens, court records show.

In addition to the rental computer case, Schutt has three other pending cases. Charges against him include methamphetamine possession, identity theft, second-degree forgery, second-degree possession of a forged instrument and second-degree theft.

Reach staff reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@mailtribune.com. Follow her at www.twitter.com/VickieAldous.